"TCF for Quebec" (TCF-Q) and “TEF for Quebec” (TEFAQ) are French proficiency tests that meet the standards of the Quebecoise Ministry for Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) and justify your level in French when applying for immigration.
TCF-Q test has been conceived by the French Commission for international matters in the field of education (FEI), while TEFAQ test has been conceived by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP). Both tests are equivalent in difficulty. For the latest official regulations concerning immigration to Quebec, go to the MIDI website.
For immigration and citizenship application procedures, the Federal Government of Canada requests proof of the applicants’ linguistic knowledge of French. The TEF format that applies to these procedures is TEF Canada. This test is also valid for immigration to Quebec.
The TCF-Q and TEFAQ examinations consist of 4 tests, among which 2 are compulsory (listening and speaking) and 2 optional (reading and writing). You can take the two optional tests to win more points. For the assessment of proficiency in French, B2 is the minimum level at which points are allocated. All 4 tests are compulsory in the Canada immigration version of the TEF (TEF Canada).
Tasks are organized in an increasing order of difficulty. Tests are evaluated on a scale with 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic competencies) to level 6 (complete fluency). This scale relates to the 6 levels (A1 to C2) of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and to the 12 levels of the Canadian Language Benchmarks.
Test results are valid for two years. You can take these tests as many times as you wish, but you must respect a 30 days delay between two tests.
Listening - 800 RMB
Reading - 550 RMB
Writing - 550 RMB
Speaking - 800 RMB
Alliance française Hangzhou is a recognized TCF-Q, TEFAQ and TEF Canada examination centre and organizes tests on request.
In order to register, you must come in person to Alliance française Hangzhou and bring with you:
- Your original passport or ID
- 2 color photographies with white background - 3.5 cm X 4.9 cm.
If you have chosen the TCF-Q test, your results will be sent directly by France Education International (FEI) to the Quebecoise Ministry for Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion. As you must still include your original certificate in your immigration application, we recommend that you keep a certified copy of it.
If you have chosen the TEFAQ test, the statement of results will be in a digital format. After the CCIP has received and corrected your exam you will be sent an email within 15 business days, containing a link that will enable you to access your secure digital area and obtain your statement of results.
If you have chosen the TEF Canada test, the statement of results will be sent by mail to your testing centre within 15 business days from the date of receipt of the session materials. It will then resend it to you. This deadline is extended to 4 to 6 weeks if you took a TEF version with written expression.